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This is the official blog for the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. Here you can access all things sexual violence awareness, prevention, education, and self-care. Being here is the first step in creating a community of knowledge seekers, activists, allies, and survivors. We will be posting blogs every week, and for special events, we may post extra, so make sure to sign up for updates or check back weekly.


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July is HIV Awareness Month, and that brings up the conversation of the effects of sexual assault and HIV. Sexual violence and HIV are often stigmatized and survivors can feel isolated and burdensome, so it is especially important for service providers to know about the risks of HIV contraction through sexual assault in order to better promote healing of all survivors of sexual violence.

Josh Lamont is a writer, a former Obama White House spokesperson, the founder of consulting firm JRL Strategies, and a survivor of sexual violence.

Josh first disclosed the abuse he experienced when he was a freshman at Cornell University to another student.

There are many organization that college students can do there internships at, but many choose Northwest Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault to expand their college experience in real World environment. Megan was a spring intern and talks her experience at the Center.

A lot of times we tend to view sexual assault and domestic violence as separate things, while, in many cases they are remarkably intertwined. 

Now more than ever before there has been rising visibility of transgender Americans and unmatched advocacy for their legal rights. Despite the growing support, the trans community continues to have to fight for equality. In case you weren’t already aware, Arkansas is at the forefront of implementing anti-trans legislation.  

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX laws, schools are legally required to act and respond to any hostile environment that a student can be in. Any failure to adhere to this would lead to the school losing its federal funding.

More than 40 million Americans use online dating services or dating apps. As is the case when meeting someone new, whether online or offline, it’s wise to keep a few safety precautions in mind.

I’ve had the privilege to hear many stories from male survivors of sexual victimization. Often they say something like this: “I thought I was one in a million. That no other men had experienced what happens to me. Then I learned I was one in six. One in six men has experienced sexual abuse.”

There are multiple psychological results and distress that surface after a person has been sexually assaulted. It might only take a few minutes to assault someone but take multiple years to recover from it. Hence, it is very important to educate everyone on the effects of sexual assault trauma, as well as deliver the message that seeking help and reaching out is not something to be embarrassed about.

The domino itself is really, just a rectangular tile that’s used as a prop in a game. Believe it or not, the original game of Dominoes is played more like scrabble. Yet, someone decided to stand up these tiles and subsequently watch them fall one after another. The domino effect stems from the trend of falling dominoes but symbolizes so much more.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The themes for 2021 include love is respect’s “Know Your Worth” campaign, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s (NRCDV) campaign “#1Thing.” Everyone is deserving of a healthy relationship, the Know Your Worth campaign is about learning about healthy relationships and self-empowerment. The #1Thing campaign is designed to meet people where they are by encouraging them to do one thing towards ending domestic violence. Collectively, #1Things can lead to social transformation.

Rape culture on college campuses is very prevalent. We educate females how to protect themselves from rape instead of taking initiative to educate others to not rape or to be a bystander intervener to stop sexual assault firsthand.

Have you been watching Bridgerton?
How does Netflix handle the sexual assault scene?
This Blog by Lucy Rowett talks to us about sexual assault; more specifically, male sexual assault!

Growing up as a Marshallese female, I’ve always found myself wishing I was born a male instead. Yes, I said it! Coming from an island that doesn’t have laws to protect its women from domestic violence, especially within relationships.

Sexual assault is one of the many situations that we have seen bystander effect happen in our society. Various campus around the nation have seen sexual assault plague their campus in form or another. Research recently conducted has linked bystander effect directly to sexual assault. It reveals common themes between bystander effect and sexual assault.

Regardless of the happy and positive parts of celebrating, being around friends, families and big meals tend to draw out unwanted comments, questions, and opinions without any regard for what might be happening in your life. 

To wrap it up, my costume is NOT consent.

This blog discusses what pronouns are and the importance of using the correct pronouns for people.

Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, ...

Codependent relationships show a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy, and one or both parties are dependent on their loved ones for fulfillment.

Sometimes taking a break and stepping away is essential to self care, so lets talk about being Boujee on a Budget!

Tomorrow marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). This is a month dedicated to celebrating, recognizing, and sharing the culture, histories, and societal impacts of the Hispanic community in the US.

Forgiveness I think has gotten a bad connotation, forgiveness isn’t for the benefit of the attacker, assailant, wrong party, or whomever, forgiveness is and always will be for my/your/our benefit.

We often think of consent solely in relation to sex, but consent impacts our day to day interactions. Consent determines how we communicate, listen, empathize, and connect with others.

I’ve tried to avoid the situation too long. I want to release what is holding me captive in my mind because a prison of the mind is worse than any prison behind bars.

In this op-ed, Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, explains why she wants you to help stop teen dating violence.

Lately, it seems like I have been obsessed, OBSESSED with becoming a dad. No, not a real dad, (I’m nowhere near ready for that), but a dog dad. However in my momentary, although consistent and frequent lapses in rationality, I tend to romanticize what it would be like to be a dog dad.

Clothes are not consent. Clothes have never been consent. Clothes will never be consent.

Can I just say #thestruggle is real? I have been on the hunt to find extra and new activities to help me feel bold and confident.

How is rape normalized in our culture and society?
 Music, television, internet, and almost every means of communication that exists.
 The victim is focused and blamed instead of the aggressor.
 The subject is mocked.
 It is encouraged through “machismo.”
 The survivor is not believed.
 Speaking outside the family and home is prohibited.

On April 22, 2020, Vanessa Guillén disappeared from the Fort Hood, Texas base. The question is the following, how does a person disappear from the military base overnight?

Wewein kenono ej juon skill ilo mour kinke ej jiban koj ejaak im drabij jemjera ko. Jemjera ko remmon ej kaitoklok ad mour im komman elon men ko ilo tarleb in mour ko ad ilo ad kadriklok inebata, kokajuurlok ekeijel ko ad ibben dron, im lelok kwalok juon wawein eo elap an emmon ilo jerbal ko ad kajojo ran.

Effective communication is a necessary skill in life because it helps us establish and maintain healthy relationships. Healthy relationships allow us to live longer more fulfilled lives, by creating less stress, stronger connections, and even having a positive impact on your career.

Millennials, have you completed your census this year? 

I was born in 1990 and I’ve been head of my household for two censuses now. Yet, I have to admit 2020 is the first year I am actually filling out the census. I also have to admit, even though I am sharing what I’ve learned from my research of the census; I personally only filled out the census for future generations of my family. 100 years from now,  I want my great-great-grandchildren to be able to look back and expand upon their family tree. 

Millennial ro, emoj ke ami komman e bwonbwon ko ami ilo yio in? 

Ikar lotak ilo 1990 eo im ilakar baj head of household ilo ruo de bwonbwon kio. Akko, ij konan ba bwe 2020 ej yio eo jinoin ikar kanne bwonbwon eo. Ij bareinwot aikuj bar ba bwe, mene naij ba nan kom kon ta ko ikar katak kake jen ao kar katak kon bwonbwon ne; wunin ao kar kanne bwonbwon eo ej nan bamle eo ao ilju im jeklaj im ro renij tok elikin. 100 yio jen kio, ikonan bwe ro jibu im ro nejier im ro jibwier ren maron lale won ro rekar tok mokta jen er im jela kon menmenbwij eo an bamle eo aer.

Why didn’t you report?

Those words echo through the crowd, the friend group, the strangers across social media… “Why didn’t you just report? Why did you wait so long to say something?

This is a translated guide from Dr. Maricela Becerra on how to talk to your family about what is going on with #BlackLivesMatter. It covers some basic ideas, definitions, and phrases that commonly come up when people don't quite understand the protesting and anger.

As we get closer to a prominent, though lesser-known day in American History (Juneteenth); I felt it was important to have a discussion on an argument I’ve reluctantly listened to and been a part of. It even feels more relevant because there has been an influx in racist Tik Tok content and now some white women believe the name “Karen” is racist and just as bad as other racial slurs.

I was born into a culture where social distancing wasn’t a thing. A culture where everything was celebrated with everyone, especially with families and friends. A culture where everyone, no matter how you’re related or where you’re located, came together and supported you during your time of need.

There is no good way to start this, but our hearts are aching for George Floyd and the many Black people that have lost their lives at the hands of racism and unjust systems of oppression. As a Center, we are outraged and hurting. I do not think words can fully explain how the community is processing and feeling right now, but this ends with us.

I really want to know what makes my life less valuable than yours.

I do not think you understand the pain, I feel.

The Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title IX, is composed of only 37 words, but fundamentally changed how federally funded schools responded to sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.

Here is how you can do that—13 ways to improve your life...

History, year-round, should consist of different experiences, world views, and not just the stories of the white “victor.” Incorporating different histories year-round allows us to better create communities that protect and uplift all people.

You may be thinking at this point What does a heritage month have to do with sexual violence, prevention, or mental health? Short answer, everything!

I have another post regarding rape culture, and I want to expand on my thoughts. I am not saying that all TV shows or films do a horrible job of handling sexual assault and rape culture in a manner that promotes understanding or providing a voice rather than victim-blaming. When I think of a movie that shows the reality of rape culture; Precious comes to mind (spoilers and TW: abuse, incest, and sexual violence, below). 

The entertainment industry benefits from showing sexual assault. In an ideal world, I want to believe that the television, film, and music industries would use their platform to educate on sexual violence, while also making survivors feel empowered to share their stories.

This is an anonymous letter from the perspective of someone struggling with depression. They are writing to explain what it means to be in a relationship with someone who has depression.

Bored, anxious, or stressed in Quarantine? Join the club, but not really because that would be against social distancing regulations. You might’ve heard the saying “Modern problems require modern solutions” hopefully after reading this article it will give you some unconventional ideas to alleviate boredom or ease anxiety during this unconventional time.

It’s coming to the end of April, which also means the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but have you ever thought about who paved the way?

Who fought for national sexual violence awareness? Well if you have, or if you haven’t, I am here to provide all the information.

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